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Cammell Laird vs 1874 Northwich

1874 OUTNUMBER 1907 6-1
By Garry Clarke


1874 Northwich ended 2016 by bouncing back from their heaviest defeat of the season on Boxing Day by hitting Cammell Laird 1907 for six at Kirklands.

The result was never in doubt once 1874 took the lead in the 11th minute although Lairds, bottom of the table and without a league win all season, never gave up and gave their visitors a few scares creating several goal scoring opportunities.

After a cautious start by both teams, Tyler Edwards opened the scoring turning a low Tom Bailey cross into the Lairds net from close range. Creator turned scorer in the 30th minute when Bailey received the ball from a throw in 30 yards from goal, moving across field there was no danger until he unleashed a stunning drive which evaded Laird’s goalkeeper Dave Parkinson to double 1874’s advantage.

Parkinson did well to deny Sam Hind blocking a shot with his legs, while Dahrius Waldron fired a long range free kick just wide. Laird’s Joel Douglas twice shot narrowly wide of 1874’s goal, as well as blasting a shot over the bar in the first half.

The home side started the second half on the front foot without causing too many alarms but conceded a 3rd goal in the 56th minute, and incidentally the 100th of a disastrous league campaign.

Returning from suspension Paul Connor played a nice ball into the tireless Scott McGowan, who has he turned inside the penalty area was tripped by a Lairds defender. Bailey stepped forward sending Parkinson the wrong way with his spot kick.

Five minutes later a corner found its way to Hind at the back of the area, he drove the ball through a mass of bodies for 1874’s fourth goal.

Joe Byrne had a shot deflected wide and Hall saved smartly to deny Mark Bainbridge after the ball had been chipped over the 1874 defence.

Mark Jones combined with Connor in the 67th minute in the move/goal of the game/season.

Brining the ball out of defence Jones played the ball out wide to Connor on the right flank, playing further forward than usual Connor instantly swept the ball round the round the back of Laird’s defence into their penalty area. Having continued his run from the back, Jones met the ball and without breaking stride slotted it past a helpless Parkinson.

1874 could have had several more goals, but were denied by some desperate defending and a number of good saves by Parkinson, before the home side scored a consolation goal in the 89th minute. Jones and Hall combined to block and clear a Douglas effort off the line, but as the ball was played back into the area referee Nat Cox spotted an infringement by an 1874 defender and awarded a penalty. Lawrence Riley converted sending Hall the wrong way.

With the seconds ticking away and deep into stoppage time, Danny Thomas rose highest to head a corner goal wards where substitute Adam Whitlock claimed the final touch steering the ball into the net.

CAMMELL LAIRD 1907 : Parkinson, Reilly, Stewart, Bainbridge, Camden (Lewis ht), Maldron, Mason, Byrne, McGaa (Murray 66), Dougkas, Lomax. Subs not used Ford, Rooney, Kerr.

1874 : Hall, Mitchell, Russell, M Jones, Thomas, Hare, Hind, Waldron (L Jones 70), Bailey, McGowan (Whitlock 77), Edwards (Connor ht).

GOALS: Lairds Riley 89p 1874 Bailey 30, 51p Edwards 11, Hind 56, Jones 67, Whitlock 90


Cammell Laird vs 1874 Northwich


This was never going to be an easy game for 1874 and so it proved as Ian Street’s side had to work very hard to secure their second win of the season.

There was just one change from Saturday’s starting line up as Arron Kirk started in midfield with Martin Hill dropping to the bench.

The home side started well and took the game to their visitors and in the opening five minutes, Danny Thomas was called upon to make vital interceptions to avert the danger.

1874 had their first effort on goal after 15 minutes as Ryan Jackson shot wide after good work by Aidan Haughton. Minutes later, Kirk and Jackson combined well on the right hand side but the final cross into the box just evaded Matty Ward.

Cammell Laird were a determined side and they came more and more into the game as the midfield battle for control intensified. After 25 minutes they had their first real chance when an excellent long ball from defence found Foy in space on the right flank, but his attempt went well over the crossbar from wide out.

Just two minutes later another good move by the hosts nearly brought some reward but the alert Thomas at the heart of the 1874 defence saved the day with a good header at the expense of a corner.

Then on the half hour Mark Matt Woolley sent a great long pass out to the right that nearly produced a goal but Chappell’s effort was well saved at the expense of a corner – from which Matty Ward shot at goal but without the right result.

1874 looked keen to stay on the attack but Cammell Laird were also always looking to score and once again Danny Thomas came to his side’s rescue with another timely piece of defending. From the resulting corner, Murphy headed over the bar when perhaps he should have at least hit the target.

The hosts then had a good spell of possession that enabled them to impress as an attacking team and their football should really have had better results, but Clare and Murphy couldn’t turn their chances into goals.

For the final few minutes of the first half it was 1874’s turn to look positive and goal hungry. Woolley and Chappell tended to be at the forefront of this hearty spell of play as they both tried to win the ball and get it out to Jackson as soon as possible for him to run at defenders and this he did on three quick occasions. From the last of these the much-needed goal arrived when Jackson’s turn and cross resulted in captain Chappell being in the right place to guide the ball into the far corner of the net. Half –Time 0-1

After the break the home side came out determined to get back in the game and they created several chances but Thomas and Lomas together with keeper Conkie were up to the challenge of maintaining their clean sheet.

However, ten minutes into the half and 1874 suffered a major blow when Thomas had to leave the field with a leg injury. He was replaced by Steve McNichol.

The game was finely poised and nobody in the strong following of 1874 supporters could have been totally happy with the narrow single goal lead and perhaps Ian Street felt the same!?

Sometimes the best style of defence is to attack and certainly in this game that is what happened, because as Cammell Laird pressed for their equaliser they began to leave gaps which 1874 might have capitalised on. Indeed with 15 minutes left a second goal almost arrived but good work and an excellent cross from Jackson evaded all of 1874’s onrushing players including Michael Brandon who minutes earlier had come on as a substitute for Haughton.

On 81 minutes the substitution almost paid dividends when another fine move by 1874 ended with Brandon seeing his header rebound from a post. Woolley followed up and forced the ball over the line however his celebrations were curtailed by the raised flag of an Assistant Referee. Unfortunately the home keeper sustained a bad finger injury and had to leave the field. His substitute did make two good saves before the final whistle went which allowed the 1874 following to vent their obvious satisfaction to the all-round sterling performance given by the 1874 players.

So two games, two wins and two clean sheets but you won’t see the manager getting ‘two’ excited just yet!

After the game the Cammell Laird Match sponsor named the Lairds defender Steve Ferrigan as their Man of the Match and 1874’s Ryan Jackson as the 1874 man of the Match

1874 – Conkie, Connor, James, Thomas, Lomas, Chappell, Kirk, Woolley, Haughton, Ward, and Jackson Subs: (55 minutes): McNichol for Thomas and (74 minutes):Brandon for Haughton. Subs not used: Everall, Ledwards & Hill.

GOAL – Chappell 45

Cammell Laird vs 1874 Northwich

Being the underdogs in this 1st round Cheshire Senior Cup Tie didn’t seem to phase 1874 as they looked comfortable from the first whistle and appeared to be really ready for the task in hand helped no doubt by not being in competitive action since their league win at Widnes in late December.

Manager Street was forced to make quite a few changes to his starting line up as several players were unavailable: skipper Lee Jones, Rick Bailey, Danny Thomas and the cup-tied Daley Woods but the side looked comfortable as they utilised the managers’ game plan brilliantly

In truth,1874 were on the back foot from the start as Lairds took the game to 1874. 1874 defended resolutely with their back four and goal keeper Conkie showing great commitment to the cause whilst the midfield harried relentlessly and Brandon and McGregor worked tirelessly upfront.

Lairds created a few chances in the opening quarter but a compination of wayward shooting and some excellent goalkeeping kept them at bay. After 15 minutes Street had to make a substitution when Tagoe couldn’t continue and was replaced by Paul Bowyer slotting in alongside Farnworth with Duckworth moving back to full back. Then, somewhat against he run of play 1874 took the lead 19th minutes into the game, when McGregor chased a long through ball and anticipated the awkward bounce better than his opponent to win the ball and slot the ball home past the oncoming keeper.

The home side continued to enjoy long periods of possession whilst 1874 showed immense patience and application to their cause and although Lairds did create more chances they also knew that they had to be on their guard as 1874 always threatened with Crane and Woolley probing from midfield

As the interval approached Conkie made two excellent saves to retain his sides’ single goal advantage

During the interval the 1874 Chairman, Paul Stockton,was presented with a plaque from the Cheshire FA as 1874 had been chosen as the side producing the best result in the previous round of the Cheshire Senior Cup and the strong following of 1874 supporters wondered if their side might be in the running for a similar award in this round of the competition if they could hold on to their precious lead

Lairds were sent out early by their manager – no doubt with his words of wisdom ringing out in their ears! However, 1874 were not going to surrender their lead easily and they stuck to the task and their game plan throughout the second half.

Matt Conkie was in fine from and made a good few saves in the second period and he was again helped by his defending colleagues.

Lairds mounted attack after attack whilst 1874 found it difficult to keep possession for long periods in the opposition’s half but with ten minutes of the tie left 1874 made sure of the win when substitute Mike McGinlay finished with aplomb from ten yards out following a totally committed run by Wellstead to create the chance.

With minutes to go it should perhaps have been three, as a defensive clearance fell to the feet of substitute Matty Ward. Three on two from the half way line Ward ran the ball well into the opposition half, crossing as he approached the penalty area. Latching onto the cross was Wellstead, who perhaps should have let the ball run on to the unmarked McGinlay. The cross, too difficult to control, saw his shot pulled wide of the post.

The final whistle was greeted with delight by players and fans together as 1874 Northwich progressed into the second round hoping for a possible tie against a top Cheshire club to look forward to.

Team: Conkie, Mitchell, Farnworth,Duckworth,Tagoe (Bowyer),Woolley,Crane, Wellstead, Stewart (Ward),Brandon and McGregor (McGinlay)

Unused Sub: Murphy